Chord Progressions You Must Know

One of the first overwhelming concepts you encounter when you begin studying jazz piano is the number of chords and chord progressions. There are a lot. A real lot. But when you really break it down there are actually a finite number of chords. And to be perfectly...
Jazz-Rock Tunes – Top 10 List

Jazz-Rock Tunes – Top 10 List

In this article we’re featuring our top 10 picks for jazz-rock tunes. This list will feature 5 older classics as well as 5 newer (and perhaps more obscure) tunes played and written by some of the brightest and youngest stars in jazz-rock today. Now before anyone...
Jazz Improvisation Tutorial

Jazz Improvisation Tutorial

This jazz improvisation tutorial features one of the all-time most requested and recorded jazz standards - “Autumn Leaves” written by Joseph Kosma way back in 1945. The song continues to be a favorite among jazz players and audiences today. In this article...
In a Sentimental Mood

In a Sentimental Mood

In a Sentimental Mood is a jazz composition by the great Duke Ellington. It has been played and recorded by many jazz artists since it was written in 1935 and has become a popular jazz standard as a result. In this article we’re going to examine certain aspects of...
Reharmonization – First Steps

Reharmonization – First Steps

Reharmonization. It’s kind of a funny word when you first encounter it. It means exactly what it sounds like. To reharmonize something is to alter the harmony, and when we talk about harmony we’re really talking about chords. So to put it plainly, to reharmonize...
Jazz Masterclass – “When I Fall In Love”

Jazz Masterclass – “When I Fall In Love”

This jazz masterclass article will present a few different ways to go about playing a jazz standard like a pro in a quick, straightforward manner. We will discuss some basic concepts (and an advanced concept or two) that can help you tweak your playing using the first...
Blue in Green – Lush Piano Chords

Blue in Green – Lush Piano Chords

The beautiful jazz ballad “Blue in Green” is a jazz piano staple. First appearing on Miles Davis’ classic jazz album “Kind of Blue” in 1959, the song is often attributed to jazz piano hero Bill Evans (though Miles Davis is credited as the...
Bossa Nova Piano – Girl From Ipanema

Bossa Nova Piano – Girl From Ipanema

Bossa nova piano playing is but one of many different styles that we piano players need to practice - but what a fun and challenging style of piano it is! Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music and (in the jazz world) is often characterized under the catch-all label...
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